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My pt was admitted into the hosp for "altered mental status" The cause is unknown, so how do I do a patho???

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience. 4 Articles; 14,603 Posts

My pt was admitted into the hosp for "altered mental status" The cause is unknown, so how do I do a patho???

What are the symptoms of the altered mental status? Work with those.

countdown2RN

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He is hallucinating, "sees 6-12 children in his house that are always being wild and the place up" The only other problem is orthostatic hypotension. This is a MED SURG clinical -not Psych.

Daytonite, BSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt. Has 40 years experience. 4 Articles; 14,603 Posts

Then see what you can find on the pathophysiology of hallucinations.

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience. 1,793 Posts

What do his labs show?

Altered mental is the admitting dx- any new dx since admit?

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